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The Congressman, the Mistress, and the Girl Spy: Scandal and Secrets in the Gilded Age



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Thursday, June 25, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Nickels-Sortwell House, 121 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine

$5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers

In 1894, a breach of promise trial pitted a U.S. Congressman against his mistress of ten years, who sued him for failure to make good on his promise of marriage. Dr. Elizabeth De Wolfe, professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of New England, discusses her upcoming book about the trial. Hear the true story of this scandal and its surprising connection to Wiscasset, Maine: a girl spy hired to befriend the mistress and gain her secrets.

Program takes place in the barn (entrance on Federal Street).

Registration is recommended. Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. Purchase tickets now



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